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Even though the Defense Agency failed to win ministerial status under Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto’s new administrative reform plan, agency chief Fumio Kyuma says his agency at least deserves a more worthy English title to allow him to save face when meeting foreign counterparts.

“I’m thinking of asking the government to discuss whether the term ‘agency’ could be replaced by some other English word,” he said at a news conference Thursday, adding that the role of his agency, unlike others such as the Meteorological Agency, is extremely close to that of a ministry. “I’d like the government to take a closer look at the examples of other countries and reconsider the English name,” he said.

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